A tender heart

Romantic pendant with untreated sapphire in platinum, around 1910

A bright, shining heart, blue like the sky on a brilliant summer's day: this romantic symbol is the focus of the pendant here. It is cut from a natural sapphire. The 4.50 ct stone is clear, shows almost no inclusions and a very uniform color, which was created without any human intervention. This is because the gemstone is untreated, not dyed, burned or enhanced: a precious gift of nature. The pendant surrounds the stone with delicate bars and diamonds in light settings that frame it like the finest lace. This was made possible for the first time at the beginning of the 20th century by the use of platinum, which, unlike gold, permits just such delicate shapes without cracking or breaking. The use of platinum and the delicate shapes of the design thus allow us to date the pendant to around 1910. We have complemented the pendant with a modern, equally finely crafted chain in platinum. The attached independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the sapphire. It is supplied with the piece of jewellery.

With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No longer dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. No wonder that as a result of these developments, a new fashion also emerged: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of the period: To shine in beauty. But the fashion for white jewellery also remained current in the following decades, right up to the Art Déco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or the white gold developed shortly before the world war.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.